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Determine the best corporate structure

Frequently Asked Questions Determine the best corporate structure

Not every Dutch (non-resident) company will be VAT liable, and therefore, not required (or able) to apply for a VAT number.
Companies that do not perform any trading activities, in general, do not have to apply for a VAT number (such as holding companies, etc.) In case your company sells goods or services within the Netherlands, or the EU, your company might be required to apply for a VAT number. You can check our Tax Guide, or contact our Incorporation Officers for more information.

The obvious difference between a branch, and a subsidiary, is that a subsidiary is a separate legal entity. And a branch is an extension of your current overseas company. Simply put, you can only register a branch in the Netherlands if you already own an overseas company. The advantage of registering your overseas company in the Netherlands (at the Chamber of Commerce) is that you don’t have to work with a Dutch notary, and your overseas Company Law is leading (so Dutch corporate law requirements on the publishing of Financial Statements, paying up share capital, etc. are not relevant).

There are no company ownership restrictions in the Netherlands, and non-residents can own real estate, company shares, etc. without any limitations.

Any non-resident individual or entity can own or manage a company in the Netherlands. This means that there are no legal restrictions against this. However, appointing a non-resident director (or shareholder) can have practical and tax consequences. It’s best to obtain legal advice before starting a company in the Netherlands and discuss your full situation.

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